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Character, Action and Theme – from Jennine Ianouette

A great way to think about what kind of story you’re telling – or different dimensions in your story – from Jennine Ianouette:

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Six Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Project Before You Write It

How can you stop people from stealing your ideas? You can’t. How can you stop people from stealing your writing? You don’t have to. Your prose is inherently copyrighted as … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Who Are You Going to Call? Six Kinds of People Who Can Help You Write

I don’t know anyone who writes in complete isolation except during intensive drafting phases. It’s important to build a circle of helpers and there are many kinds of support available … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Five Phases of the Writing Process (for any book or script)

I have found there are five distinct phases in the process of writing a book or script. I’ve written, and helped writers write, a lot of different projects in a … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Character Hierarchy: All Characters Might be Created Equal, but They Shouldn’t be in the Rewrite

Differentiating characters helps the reader read: “A” level characters have 3 dimensions, “B” level 2. It’s ok if the rest have only 1 dimension.

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Five Rides You Can Give Your Reader

Any good story gives the reader a ride. Usually, the sooner the reader knows what kind of ride they’re taking, the more they can relax and enjoy it. I’m not … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE WRITER’S TOOL KIT – Presentation & clinic at Story Expo LA, Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8am (!)

Q&A clinic demonstrating dozens of different writing techniques.

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The one book every English teacher needs to read

Originally posted on The English Corridor.:
Go to a scary place You can get along just fine without ever reading Hamlet.  Dulce et decorum est is just one of many…

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Beginning of “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer” has begun!

It’s the end of a wildly-successful Kickstarter campaign to finance production of this wildly-ambitious mega reference e-book for writers. The campaign ends this Saturday, July 11 at 8am p.s.t. so … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

The ultimate writer’s resource just got realer! Kickstarting this month: “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer”

The Compendium’s Kickstarter campaign is Popular in Publishing and Staff Pick at The campaign ends July 10, but don’t wait! – Pre-order the book today – Consider buying an … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Can Music Soothe the Savage Writer?

What music (if any) do you listen to while you’re writing? Nothing works for me as well as…

June 5, 2015 · 7 Comments

How Many Ways Can You Say Boo? 16 Horror Themes (from Iconic Pictures) + 1 or 2 More (from me)

At the outset of a project – and when you’re planning a rewrite – I think it’s good to ask yourself what the the project is about. What’s it really … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

TV Drama Breakdown: Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House by Sebastian Armbrust

Actually, the full title is… “Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House from Analyzing Storytelling Strategies in Serial Television Drama: Hybrid Structure and Functional Polyvalence in House M.D.” by Sebastian … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

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